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How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 12:29 pm
by Sabre
It's like a story isn't.
The old vs the new.
The club legend vs the young cubs.
Benji Marshall the long standing champion of the Wests Tigers, the hero and idolised by rugby league fans everywhere, especially by children. The man who said he would never play for another club and was a 'Tiger for Life'. That all changed after a long period of poor form and the hero fell on his sword. After a failed stint in Rugby Union he has come back to NRL and on Sunday he will break that vow to never play against the Wests Tigers.

Meanwhile Benji leaving has given those children who idolised him and grew up watching him play a spot in the first grade team, these kids who were 11 or 12 years old when Benji lead the Tigers to premiership glory in 2005. And come Sunday they will face him at ANZ Stadium, as while the teammates he has played alongside for a decade. These 'kids' are now the face of the team and the future of the club.

If the Tigers and Dragons didn't already have a big enough rivalry this takes it to a whole new level. What a cracker it'll be, I'm expecting a close game and one that we could be talking about for years to come.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 12:41 pm
by willow
It will be a big one, I'm expecting a semi-final type atmosphere and a big crowd to go with it.

How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 12:52 pm
by weststigers
So true. If we want to play finals, we need to start playing finals footy....whatever that means.

We laid a good platform against the Dogs to start a charge towards the finals and we need to do the little things right. Momentum and consistency will be key leading up to Rd 26.

We've got a big chance here. Let's hope the boys take it to them.

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How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 1:05 pm
by tig_prmz
It's still a love hate relationship with Benji. Whenever dragons play, I end up going for Benji and hoping that he does something spectacular.

But I do hate the person that he is off the field. I lack a lot of respect for him

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How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 1:11 pm
by ulluru22
There should be a good crowd!! I'm already booked and ready to go!!

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Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 4:21 pm
by Sabre
I'll be there for sure too.
Potential for a huge crowd if marketed properly.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 4:32 pm
by supercoach
All the hype is around Benji, I hope they do not forget about Widup, he destroyed us in round one, to me he is close to the buy of the year

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 4:39 pm
by Geo.
Massive game in terms of momentum ...back to back wins is what your after at this point in the season....minamize losses is the key....stuff Benji...

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 4:42 pm
by pHyR3
supercoach wrote:All the hype is around Benji, I hope they do not forget about Widup, he destroyed us in round one, to me he is close to the buy of the year
not really, he's faded away quite a lot after a great start.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 5:07 pm
by supercoach
pHyR3 wrote:
supercoach wrote:All the hype is around Benji, I hope they do not forget about Widup, he destroyed us in round one, to me he is close to the buy of the year
not really, he's faded away quite a lot after a great start.
Disagree, he is their go to man more often than not and organizes 70% of their plays, where Benji is used mainly in the red zone with his combo with Dugan. Will be interesting, the Dogs backline was rubbish last week, the Dragons will offer a lot more

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 5:44 pm
by happy tiger
Sabre wrote:It's like a story isn't.
The old vs the new.
The club legend vs the young cubs.
Benji Marshall the long standing champion of the Wests Tigers, the hero and idolised by rugby league fans everywhere, especially by children. The man who said he would never play for another club and was a 'Tiger for Life'. That all changed after a long period of poor form and the hero fell on his sword. After a failed stint in Rugby Union he has come back to NRL and on Sunday he will break that vow to never play against the Wests Tigers.

Meanwhile Benji leaving has given those children who idolised him and grew up watching him play a spot in the first grade team, these kids who were 11 or 12 years old when Benji lead the Tigers to premiership glory in 2005. And come Sunday they will face him at ANZ Stadium, as while the teammates he has played alongside for a decade. These 'kids' are now the face of the team and the future of the club.

If the Tigers and Dragons didn't already have a big enough rivalry this takes it to a whole new level. What a cracker it'll be, I'm expecting a close game and one that we could be talking about for years to come.
Sabre if you give me the measurements I will give you a quote asap

Are you paying by the litre or by the gallon ??

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 7:44 pm
by larrycorowa
I would be excited if we can backup last week's performance.

I would love it if Jesse Sue has a breakthrough performance and really dominates....i reckon he is really close. I like the way he plays tight and does the dirty work.....a more powerful version of Rhino or a cross between watmough and gallen. Geez I haven't put much pressure on him have I.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 7:50 pm
by GoldXR50Leroy
How big is this game?, I had to give a Stains supporter 1/2 a point start!, hope we can turn the clock back 12 months when Luke Brooks debuted and had an absolute blinder!.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 8:45 pm
by happy tiger
GoldXR50Leroy wrote:How big is this game?, I had to give a Stains supporter 1/2 a point start!, hope we can turn the clock back 12 months when Luke Brooks debuted and had an absolute blinder!.
Be nice wouldn't it

Would certainly do our for and against a massive favour as well

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 9:38 pm
by westTAHger
how big is this game?
nearly as big as the ego's of some of the players in it.

How BIG is this game

Posted: Thu 24 Jul, 2014 9:49 pm
by greatodensraven
It's 2 points that we need

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Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Fri 25 Jul, 2014 8:12 am
by Cultured Bogan
If we lose, the next game will be a big one.

Re: How BIG is this game

Posted: Fri 25 Jul, 2014 9:52 am
by alex
IMO the club has done a pretty poor job at marketing the game. They're going with some crappy 'Christmas in July' thing with a picture of Luke Brooks in a Santa hat. Stuff the whole 'political correctness', this game should be marketed as the Return of Benji. THAT will get people through the doors.

We have had a dream week with the media - they're all on the Mitchell Moses bandwagon and hyping up the young vs old. The Tigers should be harnessing this!